|Regiment||Rank||Service No||Place of Birth||Date of Death||Age||Burial|
|7th South Staffs||Private||15295||Tipton||9 Aug 1915||28||Helles Memorial, Turkey|
Birth of Abraham Braden registered September quarter 1886 at Dudley.
24 Sedgley Road, Swan Village, Woodsetton, Dudley, Worcs.
Boarding with Joseph Dawes (24, Moulder, born Woodsetton), his wife Mary Ann (27, born Tipton), and their 2 children were: John Braden (32, Boarder, Labourer at Brickworks, born Tipton), and Abraham Braden (24, Boarder, Labourer at Engineering Works, born Tipton).
Cause of Death
On August 6th the 7th South Staffs took part in the landings at ‘B’ beach Suvla Bay, two days later the 7th South Staffs took part in an attack on Chocolate and Scimitar Hill which went disastrously wrong. The ‘History of the 7th South Staffs’ reports 400 casualties, this is highly likely as 118 Other Ranks and 3 Officers were killed, amongst them 3 Woodsetton men: Abraham Braden, and brothers George and John Perks. Like the majority of the men killed this day, the 3 Woodsetton men have no known grave, and are commemorated on the Helles Memorial.
The following extract is taken from History of the Seventh South Staffordshire Regiment (Ashcroft):
“At 06.00 we reached Hill 70 and at once came under murderous shrapnel and rifle fire. Every single officer in A & D companies (firing line) and in ‘B’ company (supporting line) were either killed or wounded in the first 10 minutes. At about 08.00 support arrived from the 10th Division, but even with their assistance no headway could be made. About 10.00 our line began to give way owing to the fact the scrub had caught fire, the Turks aided by this were working around our left. this flanking movement was checked by reinforcements of Dublins and Queens. The battalion behaved magnificently but were overwhelmed by an enemy who had every position of advantage. On the 10th August, the losses in killed and wounded were computed to be well over 400. For three days, the Staffords and Borderers held an old Turkish communication trench running on to Chocolate Hill, and were then relieved by the 32nd Brigade.”